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WINNING Clinton snags Department of Revenue for old WorldCom site by Ted Carter SEMISOUTH CLOSES Starkville semiconductor company terminates operations by Wally Northway BEER After months of successful lobbying for brewing freedom, Raise Your Pints changes focus by Clay Chandler BIG GOSPEL Blackberry Records executive and entertainment lawyer talk about the past and future of gospel music by Stephen McDill JOHN ...

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Clinton's South Pointe wins Department of Revenue headquarters bid

Aggressive last-minute price cutting did the trick for Clinton’s South Pointe Business Park in the competition to become the new home of the Mississippi Department of Revenue, the state says. The selection came down to price, with representatives of the former WorldCom headquarters presenting a lease offer too attractive to pass up, said Kevin Upchurch, executive director of the state ...

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Raise Your Pints shifts gears

Raise Your Pints is moving on to the next phase of its mission. “We’re still going to stay relevant, but it’s going to be more of an education and promotion type aspect where we continue to educate retailers about craft beer, help upcoming breweries, help with beer events, homebrew competitions, things like that,” said Craig Hendry, RYP president. “We don’t ...

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Delta town No. 2 on list of best small towns

Smithsonian Magazine has named Cleveland, Miss., No. 2 in its list of America’s 20 Best Small Towns to Visit in 2013. “We are very excited about this designation and appreciate the attention it is bringing to Cleveland and the surrounding area,” Cheryl Line, Cleveland-Bolivar County Tourism Director said in a news release. “We hope this recognition will bring more visitors ...

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Where’d you get that catfish? Miss. diners can now get the full answer

Customers of Mississippi restaurants will now know whether the catfish on their table is domestically produced or is an imported variety of catfish-like pangasius, also sold as basa, tra and swai. Mississippi producers persuaded legislators this month to amend the state’s catfish Country of Origin Labeling law to require restaurants to also identify the origin of foreign produced pangasius, a ...

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Openings remain for Entrepreneur Academy in Natchez

For anyone who has the dream of opening their own business, or wants to improve their current small business, a few openings are still available for the upcoming Entrepreneur Academy in Natchez. The Entrepreneur Academy is a combined effort among Alcorn State University, Natchez, Inc., and the Mississippi Development Authority. The three-month program begins April 5 at the Alcorn Technology ...

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SBA, AARP to present entrepreneur business forum on Gulf Coast

The Small Business Administration’s Mississippi District Office and Mississippi AARP will host an Encore Entrepreneur Business Forum from 1 to 4:30 p.m. on April 17 at the Westside Community Center, 4006 8th St. in Gulfport. The free event is targeted at entrepreneurs 50 and over to provide these “encore entrepreneurs” with resources to start or grow a small business. The ...

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Scientist finding native grass best for livestock forage

STARKVILLE — Studies at Mississippi State University are finding that when it comes to providing forage for livestock, native grasses may be best. Sam Riffell, an associate professor of wildlife ecology and management in the Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, is examining the benefits of replacing exotic grasses, commonly used in Mississippi grazing pastures, with native, warm-season grasses. “The ...

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